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CORRESPONDANCES – EIVIND RINGSTAD’S
DEBUT RECITAL CD ON RUBICON CLASSICS

For his debut recital disc, Eivind Ringstad is joined by his regular piano partner David Meier for a wide-ranging survey of solo pieces, from the 19th to the 21st centuries.  There are two direct connections to composers too: Eivind plays the 1768 ‘ex Vieuxtemps’ Guadagnini viola, so it’s entirely appropriate that the Belgian’s Elégie Op30 is included on the disc; and the composer of the disc’s title work, Correspondances, young Norwegian Peder Barratt-Due was at the recording sessions for the work that he had written for Eivind and David for the 2018 Edinburgh International Festival.  Find out more as we eavesdrop on the recording session at the Britten Studio, Snape Maltings.

Correspondances is released on Rubicon Classics on 23 October 2020.

ITALIAN POSTCARDS
QUARTETTO DI CREMONA AT 20

An album of chamber works inspired by the beauty of Italy, including a work specially commissioned for the recording, celebrates the 20th birthday of the renowned Italian ensemble Quartetto di Cremona. It is also, in part, a tribute to the late Italian philanthropist and music lover Franco Buitoni, co-founder with his wife, Ilaria, of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. A special award was created in his name, which was designated in 2019 for Italian musicians who promote and encourage chamber music at home and throughout the world. The Franco Buitoni Award made this recording possible for the Quartet, which also won a BBT Fellowship award in 2005. Joining Wolf, Mozart and Tchaikovsky in sending postcards home from Italy is Nimrod Borenstein, whose Cieli d’Italia was specially commissioned by the Quartet.

COVID VAN B. – TRIO SŌRA PREMIERES ITS NEW RAPHAËL MERLIN COMMISSION

Using some of its 2020 BBT Fellowship, Trio Sōra commissioned Raphaël Merlin for a piece, premiered at a special Radio France/France Musique concert in honour of long-standing France Musique presenter Frédéric Lodéon, which took place on 17 October 2020. A reflection of our times, Covid van B. also commemorates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, with quite a few Beethoven quotes to listen out for. Beethoven was to have been a preoccupation of Trio Sōra in 2020 until Covid struck, though its complete Beethoven Piano Trio recording was released in November 2020 on the Naïve Classique label.

With thanks to Radio France and France Musique.

DUDOK QUARTET AMSTERDAM
PLAYS HAYDN ON NEW CLASSICAL BOWS

Filmed at rehearsals in Amsterdam, ahead of the first recording session for its 2-CD release on Resonus Classics of all six Haydn Op 20 quartets, the Dudok Quartet Amsterdam explores its love of these inspirational Haydn quartets. Filmed in rehearsal in Amsterdam and in The Hague with bow maker Luis Emilio Rodríguez Carrington, the Quartet’s players introduce themselves and their search for classical bows especially for this Haydn project, which lead to Luis Emilio’s door.

Volume 1, released on 27 September 2019, includes Op 20 Nos 2, 3 & 5, while Volume 2, with Nos 1, 4 & 6, will be released in May 2020.

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